My brother gave me my first spinning rod when I was 10 years old. Up
until then, I had only used cane poles. Then he taught me how to tie hair
jigs. Fishing as I knew it changed forever!
Donald R. Hansen, 72, died
Sunday, October 11, 2009, at his home. He was born July 29, 1937, in
Kenosha to the late Harry M. and Louise (Bielewicz) Hansen.
educated in local schools and served in the United States Army with the
503rd Engineer Company as a Construction Machine Operator and
was honorably discharged on July 25, 1957. He then worked for American
Motors in the drop forge, retiring in the 1980ís.
He is survived
by his children, Donald, David and Rae Ann, all of Onalaska, Wisconsin;
his brothers, Carl J. (Harriet) Widmar, Jr. of Friendship, WI, Dennis J.
(Mary) Widmar, Thomas H. Hansen; and his sisters, Marlene (Howard)
Schmaling, Barbara J. (Hansen) Gordon, and Toni Marie Widmar, all of
He was preceded
in death by his father Harry M. Hansen in 1950, his step-father Carl J.
Widmar, Sr. in 1979, his mother Louise Widmar in 2008 and his sister Jane
(Hansen) Marinelli in 1995.